LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Two women with ties to Arkansas were in Las Vegas this weekend for different reasons, but the mass shooting forced them to have the same Sunday night.
While Sandi Morris, a University of Arkansas graduate and Olympic silver medalist, watched the Blue Man Group perform, authorities say 64-year-old Stephen Paddock shot hundreds of people at a country music festival right across the street.
Her venue went on lockdown for the next five hours.
"This is probably one of the scariest things I've ever experienced in my life, if not the scariest," Morris said. "As we were sitting there, you could hear the whispers start as people were looking at social media and starting to figure out what was going on."
Morris couldn't hear the shots or screams, but a Little Rock mom in Vegas for the first time for a girl's weekend could.
"The next thing we heard is people yelling, 'There's a shooter! There's a shooter! Get down! Get down!,'" Amy Harkins said. "No one knew what was going on."
Harkins was at a nearby hotel concert goers ran to for safety. The mass chaos separated her from her sister and friend.
"The only way I can explain it is it seemed like it was a really bad dream or it was something that happened in a movie," Harkins said.
Only later did the two women learn the reality: Paddock killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 before killing himself, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The venues released Harkins, Morris and many more in the early hours of the morning.
"You could have heard a pin drop out on the strip," Harkins said. "There was no movement, no talking, nothing."
"It was a ghost town," Morris said.
In the light of day, they were thankful to be among the living who get to go home.
"I'm just glad that I'm safe," Morris said.
"It is a lot to process," Harkins said. "It is a lot to understand. There's just no words to describe it. It was just the most horrific, terrifying event ever. And I'm just so so very grateful to be able to come home, to be in my city, in my town."
Harkins, her sister and friend stayed in their hotel Monday. They fly back home Tuesday.
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